Again take all this analysis with a grain of salt.. Western Ontario is no Big Ten opponent.
Thought MSU finally looks like a team with age and skill combined. We dominated a clearly lesser opponent (as they should). Hopefully means a rise out of the basement may be likely this year..
Defenders looked sharp besides a couple mental breakdowns. The twins especially looked like they have taken major strides this off-season on both ends of the ice.
Forwards looked pretty good. I agree that Muller will be great on that first line. He also showed some spunk last night and is not afraid of a little contact and smack talk. (I have thought for years now we have missed a little edge to our game)
The other freshman I thought played really well and showed some flashes. Nodler had a nice move as they were entering the zone one time that almost resulted in a goal.
I agree at times they looked like it was the first game with sloppiness in the neutral zone and a little rust on the power play with new guys fitting into roles.
Lambdin's goal was a thing of beauty. Hopefully we can expect more of that this season out of him. Would be real nice to have 3 lines this year with the ability to score..
Both goalies played pretty well. I think if I had to choose one over the other I'd pick DeRidder right now. Seems like he is the type of goalie that will win you a game where Lethemon is a goalie who isn't going to lose you games if that makes any sense..